The exhibition and playoff schedule for the NHL, including the Nashville Predators, was released yesterday and it includes good news for Preds fans who are tired of staying up late for playoff games.

As we all know, the Preds will face off against the Arizona Coyotes in this year’s “Qualifying Round” of the Stanley Cup Playoffs starting on August 2nd. And because the NHL is trying to squeeze 12 qualifying round series into roughly one week, there will be games at all hours of the day to satisfy your hockey playoff desires.

This has to led to something Preds fans have been wanting for years: daytime playoff hockey in Nashville!

Here are the times and dates for the first three games of the Preds vs Coyotes series:

  • Game 1: Sunday August 2nd @ 1 PM (Central)
  • Game 2: Tuesday, August 4th @ 1:30 PM (Central)
  • Game 3: Wednesday, August 5th @ 1:30 PM (Central)

This should make for some fun afternoons in early August, assuming of course that you don’t have any work zoom meetings scheduled. Maybe the boss man can let you off the hook this time.

Here is the rest of the playoff schedule for the first few days. Somehow the Preds finally avoided the dreaded post 8 p.m. playoff start like they’ve been locked into for the last few years.

Preds meet familiar foe for exhibition

The NHL also announced exhibition games for late July. The league elected to take a regional approach to these games, which makes sense.

The Nashville Predators will take on the Dallas Stars in an exhibition game on July 30th at 3 p.m. central time.

Here is the full slate of exhibition games from the NHL:

While this exhibition will be meaningless in regards to outcome, it will be a very important step for the Preds on their way to the qualifying round, as it will be the first time in over four months that the team has played together. While the Preds were starting to figure some things out back in early March, winning three in a row, including two over the Dallas Stars, those games mean very little now.

Every NHL team is essentially starting from scratch now and that includes the Nashville Predators. Hopefully by playing a familiar opponent, the Preds can rediscover the chemistry they had in early March and that will propel them to a solid series against Arizona.

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